COVID cases continue to rise in Fayette, Washington counties | Covid-19
COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Fayette County, where 11 deaths have been reported since November 23.
The state Department of Health reported on Tuesday that 460 deaths had occurred in the county since the start of the pandemic.
A total of 20,546 cases have been reported.
In Washington County, the average number of cases per day is up 38% from the average two weeks ago.
The average number of new cases in the county in November is the highest since December 2020.
âOverall, we are as bad or worse than where we were in November 2020,â said Dr. John Six, chief operating officer of the Washington Health System. “We’re definitely in a wave right now.”
Health officials are also waiting to see how the omicron variant behaves: does it cause more serious disease and is it resistant to vaccines?
âThere are a lot of unknowns leading up to Christmas,â Six said.
Six urged those who are not vaccinated to get vaccinated against COVID-19. He also encourages people who have been vaccinated to receive their booster.
Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that unvaccinated people are more than twice as likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 as those vaccinated, and they are more than seven times more likely to die from the disease .
âVaccines protect against important diseases, they are effective and safe,â Six said. âWe have better monoclonal antibodies, we have better inpatient treatment, we have a significant amount of PPE, and we are doing a better job of managing patients. But the positive side is that we have the vaccines. It is important to be vaccinated or to be vaccinated.
In Washington County, 428 deaths from COVID-19 have been recorded since the start of the pandemic, including eight new deaths from November 24 to 29.
In Greene County, 65 coronavirus deaths have been reported.
As families plan vacation reunions, Six advises them to âdo everything we’ve been doing for about 20 monthsâ – get vaccinated, wear masks, and distance themselves socially.
âIt’s a tough time right now,â Six said, âbut we, as a healthcare system, are doing all we can to continue serving patients in our community. “